The Age of the Nerd: The Inhumans and The Gifted


Fall TV season is upon us and I’m blown away by how many nerdy, geeky shows are on now. I was thinking back to when I was a kid and there weren’t that many shows for us closet nerds to watch. Okay, no closet for me. Everyone knew I was a nerd back then. I remember how freaked out and excited I was when Battlestar Galactica (the 70s version) came on TV. It was a geek paradise.

But now? It seems like half the shows that are on appeal to the nerdiness in me. There are getting to be so many that I can’t keep up with them all. I’m going to have to watch a few of each and decide which series I want to stick with, which leads me to today’s discussion: Marvel’s Inhumans and The Gifted.

First, Inhumans. I wasn’t overly thrilled to hear this was coming out so I didn’t go see the first episode in IMAX. I think the main reason for that was how bored I’ve become with Agents of SHIELD. On SHIELD, they’ve managed to corrupt, kill, or kick off the show all characters I’ve liked except Coleson. And then they keep Fitz and Simmons around? On top of that, they discontinued Agent Carter which was, in my opinion, a far better and more interesting series than SHIELD.

Anyway, so now we have Inhumans, and so far I’m really digging it. I’m not emoting with very many of the characters so far except Black Bolt and Gorgon. Black Bolt is an interesting character because he can’t talk without hurting people so he has to sign his intentions. It makes for great conflict when he is off on his own. Gorgon is the warrior/cool dude who is a dedicated, hard-working fellow. I like those kinds of people. So far, I don’t like Karnak and as far as everyone else goes, I’m still ambivalent. Oh, and Maximus needs to shave. That beard looks like crop failure.

What so far is pulling me in is the world-building and the conflict. Two brothers competing for a throne is an exciting premise to me. Plus, the conflict these people face as they deal with earth culture and being hunted by an usurper.

Hopefully, as the series progresses, they’ll develop the other characters further and make it even better. So far, this series is a keeper.

As far as The Gifted, I’ve been an X-Men fan for a while, even before the Bryan Singer movies came out. Personally, I didn’t like the way Singer treated the series. It was too dark for my tastes. Of course, Singer is one of the executive producers of The Gifted, which takes place in the X-Men universe somehow. What intrigued me is that Matt Nix is one of the creative forces behind the show, who was also the creative force behind one of my favorite series of all time: Burn Notice.

So far, I’ve only seen the first episode and I’ve liked it as well. It’s pretty serious and gloomy, though. I prefer shows with a little more humor, even if it’s subtle (like Burn Notice). I identify well with a family struggling to deal with changes. So far, I haven’t grown attached to any of the characters yet, but the dilemma they face: how to protect a family that has a high-power government agency after them, has pulled me in. This series could also be a keeper.

As far as which series I’ve decided to quit watching? It’s always hard for me to give up on something I’ve started, even if it gets lame. But with so many interesting shows coming on, something has to go. I’m thinking I’ve had enough of the DC universe. I’ll continue watching the Flash, but Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Supergirl have grown tiresome to me. I might watch them if there’s nothing else to watch, but that doesn’t look like it will be a problem.

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